The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook sixteen

caption: Ang's inheritance of wives, widows
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 4.6.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (19) An Ang usually takes all the Ben wives of his predecessor and sometimes even his Ang wives, but not those of his own father. In Mon and Tang it is said to happen, however, that an Ang takes even the young Ben wives of his father. It is the universal custom to take wives of own brother, either elder or younger. An Ang woman, whose husband has died, should not live in her home village, but it is arranged that if she can't stay in her husband's village, she will (20) go to some other village and (if too old to marry) formally stay with an Ang. Also among Ben people a woman should not die in her brother's house. If she does, the body is carried out through a hole made in the wall and disposed at the burial place of her husband's clan. (The same custom is observed in Shiong and Wakching).